How do we live around the world?- Sustainable Lifestyles. The participation of Uninversities

The Marrakech Process is building cooperation between governments and various stakeholders for the development of SCP tools, methodologies and concrete activities such as the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the support of the Swedish Ministry of the Environment

The Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles is an ambitious initiative meant to explore how sustainable lifestyles – a challenge for present and future generations – are perceived, envisioned and shaped by young adults from different cultures and backgrounds around the world.

In a context of considerable environmental changes – in particular climate change – and of socioeconomic challenges, it has become clear that locally and globally, communities urgently need to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Universities and Higher Education Institutions have a great role to play in this process.

The International Association of Universities (IAU), which brings together Higher Education institutions and organizations from some 130 countries for reflection and action on a variety of issues, including education and research for sustainable development, has therefore become an active partner of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles and calls its Members to participate actively in

this project.

The participation of the Universities would be a unique opportunity to demonstrate a commitment towards sustainable development at the international level and, more importantly, to empower and engage young people by giving them the means to express the way they envision the future and their own everyday life from the angle of sustainability.

GSSL partners should represent more than 15 countries, including

Vietnam, in all regions of the world (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and West Asia). Thus, the GSSL also represents a great potential to build a global network of universities and research centers/experts around sustainable lifestyles. Faculty members are invited to use the survey as a pedagogical tool. The University would receive full recognition for its input in all the outcomes of the survey, such as websites or conferences, including in the publication of the Survey’s final report.

In this partnership in

Vietnam, Center for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E) appointed as the survey’s coordinator at the national level cooperation with other environmental organisation and Universities to participate  

The questionnaire of the survey is available on the GSSL website at in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese and Vietnamese. Respondents are invited to fill in this questionnaire directly online. If necessary, they can also download an electronic version of the questionnaire from the home page of the survey’s website, complete it either electronically or on paper and send it to However, preference goes to the online participation and completion of the survey’s questions.


Arab Hoballah


Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch

UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and



Eva Egron-Polak


International Association of Universities

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